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Aaryn Belfer

Aaryn is an opinionated woman who will say anything and stop at nothing when it comes to fighting for racial and social justice. She has a penchant for 4-inch heels, straight-ahead jazz, and beautifully structured sentences. She's deeply committed to her family yet she refuses, under any circumstance, to deny her lust for Javier Bardem. Though...lately, Michael B. Jordan has been blowin' her hair back; it's safe to say, May-December romances are more socially acceptable than ever. Aaryn will tirelessly—and to the death—defend Monica Lewinsky, and not just because she has enviable hair: We all know that if we were in her MLew's shoes, we'd have walked that same damn mile in a blue Gap dress. Ms. Belfer would like to officially change her name to Aaryn Darling because she likes the way it sounds upon being introduced at cocktail parties.

Must we really go through this still? It's 2007, after all. Is being gay really that fringy? Read more

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It’s time for an update on my Bubble Boi, my lemon puppy, my now-nine-month-old labradoodle doggie named KEVIN!!!. Read more

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It’s been approximately 893 news cycles since the Covington Catholic High School boys were trending across every media platform. But I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them juxtaposed against what I see each week. Read more

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Taking to the streets once a year to express outrage over injustice might feel less lonely, but without action, it’s a false sense of empowerment. Read more

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As 2018 began to wind down within a torrent of bad news that left me feeling emotionally bludgeoned and a little bit sad about humanity, I received a DM from a stranger. Read more

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I admit right here and now that until N and K came into my life this year, I did not understand homelessness. Not a bit. Read more

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This “temporary shelter” is now larger than all but one of the 204 federal prisons in America. Read more

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Tasha Williamson is the co-founder of The Compassion Project, a small group of community activists who support families when they lose a loved one to violence. Read more

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As I hover my cursor over the deactivate button, as I inch toward shutting down my personal account and figure out how I can still do my paid work there, I feel trapped. Read more

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Let’s get involved with something that matters to our hearts. Let’s meet someone we might not otherwise meet. Read more

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Here is what I know: Separation of a child from a parent should only ever be done as a last resort. Read more

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Born in 1970 and raised in the era of boys-will-be-boys, I was taught—at times explicitly and almost always implicitly—that when a boy made fun of your looks or mocked your body... it was because he liked you. Read more

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Fuck. This. Shit. Fuck all this motherfucking bullshit. Read more

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Our grievance? The shrouded-in-secrecy brutalization and subsequent death of Earl McNeil. Read more

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We got a puppy last month with the goal of getting happy in the midst of the entire Trump fuckery. Read more

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Those of us who have attended any of the National City Council meetings since the death of McNeil have personal experience with the outward disdain coming from Morrison and Rodriguez. Read more

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In an effort to get my gut clean and maybe shrink the waistline a smidge, I joined a fitness program that combines particular kinds of exercise with Intermittent Fasting. Read more

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It was never on my bucket list to spend a single moment of my life in jail, let alone an entire night. But when Black women speak, I listen Read more

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White folks have a habit of making things about us. In fact, it is a typically white thing to step into spaces and take over. Read more

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When Juan Vargas, Representative of the 51st Congressional District, took to the mic at the Families Belong Together march on June 23, I thought I might have a coronary. Read more

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With respect to the 1,500 “missing” kids, those in the know argue the descriptor is innacurate. These “unaccompanied alien children” (UACs) aren’t missing they say, but have been placed with vetted sponsors, often relatives already living in the U.S. Read more

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